Writing Tips from Joe Perrone, Jr.
Inspiration – I find ideas everywhere there are news articles, books, movies, real-life situations. Sometimes I’ll be reading a non-fiction book, and something in it will give me a direction for one of my books. This is where I got the idea for Twice Bitten. Another “germ” came to me when I was mowing my lawn, and resulted in the genesis for Changes, a literary novel that I am working on, periodically. Naturally, real life experiences help me to flesh out events and characters. Inspiration? It’s all around you! Use it.
Routine – My routine has evolved over many, many years. Once I have a “germ” of an idea, I begin roughing it out in an outline. Then, I decide what characters I’ll need to tell my story. I like to do a little “bio” for each character, which includes age, height, weight, interests, hair color, eyes, etc. I save these for reference as I proceed with my writing. Each day, when I’m moved to write, I first go over what I’ve written in my previous session, and make editing, proofing changes as needed. I don’t write a single new word until I have done this. I find this has all but eliminated “typos” and editing errors.